Careless usage of water and plumbing equipment or lack of maintenance are the main causes of problems that can later increase our repair costs. Following a few simple preventive measures will save us money and trouble in the long term.
Turn the Faucet Off properly
Never leave your water faucets dripping. A dripping faucet can cause a loss of up to 15 gallons of water a day. This will increase your water bill considerably. Avoid unnecessary wastage of water by turning the tap completely. If the tap still drips or leaks, better repair it now before the problem gets out of hand and out of budget.
Use a Moderate Pressure in the Shower
We never realize while bathing how much water we actually waste. A 10-minute shower using a conventional showerhead will cause a loss of up to 42 gallons of water. Instead of paying huge water bills, invest in a low-flow showerhead. It is easier to install and will save your water and reduce your costs.
Expose Hidden Leaks
You cannot spot all leaks. Some maybe hidden and while you may not know, they may be increasing your water bill. To spot leaks, stop using the water in your house for a specific period of time. Note the reading on the water meter before and a specific amount of time. If the reading on the water meter has changed, it means there is a leak in your house. Find the leak and repair it immediately.
Check the Toilet
Environment Canada states that the biggest water waster in your home is the toilet. You can get dye tablets from the market and place them inside the toilet. If the color appears on the bowl, it means you toilet has a leak.
Also, check the toilet for any unusual gurgling sounds. If you do hear unusual sounds, then your drain might be blocked. Have a professional plumber fix your toilet drain before the problem increases.
Also, be careful not to flush items into the flush like hair, dental floss, tissue paper etc. all these will clog your drain pipes badly and will later cause you a lot of trouble.
Maintain your Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposal is a very useful device in the kitchen, but if not maintained properly, it can later on sink you into big repairing costs. Always follow the guidelines of proper usage of garbage disposals.
These tips will help you save a lot of money and time and will keep your plumbing functioning without problems.
Larry D. wrote this article on behalf of leading Las Vegas Plumbing Company King’s Rooter.